There is nothing like starting the Spring off on a high note by winning a competition which is exactly what happened this past Friday afternoon.

We are truly delighted to be a winner at the 2014 Perold Absa Cape Blend Competition.

Painted Wolf Peloton 2009 was the highest rated wine from 41 entries this year. We were told by the judges that Peloton Rouge was the clear winner.

This is truly a Cape Blend in that the grapes were grown in three of the most well-known grape growing areas of the Cape.

This wine, a blend of Pinotage 40%, Shiraz 24%, Merlot 23%, Grenache 7% and Mourvedre 6%, and is made from grapes supplied by all three of our grape growing partners in The Swartland, Paarl and Stellenbosch. We would like to thank them for their wonderful fruit. Jeremy was assisted in the cellar in 2009 by Thinus Verwey, Rolanie Lotz , Ashley Wilmot and David Puttergill, and he thanks them for their help in the making of this the wine.

All the grapes were hand picked. All the grapes, with the exception of the Shiraz, were hand-sorted, crushed into small open fermenters and hand-punched 4-5 times every day during fermentation. It was then press in our small basket press, straight into the barrel. The Shiraz was fermented in a tank with long traditional toasted French staves.